Hop Henge Experimental IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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2,345 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,345
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 233
Gots: 256 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 01-21-2009

This is their new version of Hop Henge Imperial IPA, the hops have been modified as of 1/2009.

Available: January to April
Alc. by Vol.: 8.5 - 9.0% range
IBUs: 95
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Photo of DaltonC
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ok I have had this beer before, when it first came out...it seemed very syrupy and strong similar to SN's Hoptimum, which is an absolute pine bomb and just too much...

BUT, I picked up 3 bottles at Albertson's during a Super Bowl sale (2.75ea) for a 22oz bomber, 2 dated 4/7/15 and one 4/8/15?? So 2 different batches I guess...anyways there were AMAZING. Either my palate has adjusted or this year's batches are different, and they are working for sure. This beer is semi fresh but it is so smooth and clean and perfect amount of bitterness. It has that dirt wolf type taste on the finish and warms up so well...

I will be seeking this out in the future, Deschutes can do no wrong, and I believe the beer is underrated.


Photo of Hayden34
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes never disappoints! Was expecting great things and was not disappointed.

Photo of Renotramp
4.81/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting IPA with a kick

Photo of BryceCamp18
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Top 5 all time favorite IPAs

Photo of colingaiser
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured slowly from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Gorgeous deep amber verging on orange. There's a thick, creamy two-finger head that holds up for a long time and leaves beautifully intricate lacing.

S: Deep and intoxicating hop aromas of pine, grapefruit, honey, and even a little bubblegum. Along with the appearance it's a very inviting brew.

T: WOW! There's an initial hoppy bite that unleashes a flood of floral, piney, and citric hop notes, followed by a rich malty sweetness of honey and toffee with a little peppery spice, all with an underlying warm booziness. The finish is a little bitter, as would be expected.

M: Quite heavy for an IPA, imperial or not. There's a nice creaminess that accentuates the sweeter elements of the beer.

O: Overall, this is an absolutely stellar beer. I consumed a whole bomber on my own, despite its heaviness. Deschutes continues to kill it!

Photo of Lard_City
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy and sweet yet balanced. One of the best IPAs I've tasted. Excellent.

Photo of Foyle
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a tulip glass. Appearance: poured a 1" white head that dropped quickly with some nice lacing on the glass. Color is a cloudy golden-orange with moderate streaming carbonation. Aroma: hop forward with pine, citrus dominate and some white bread dough in the background. Mouthfeel: medium bodied and viscous, with a dry, bitter, warming finish. Flavor: strong grapefruit, tangerine, and pine hops are balanced with nice biscuit and malty sweetness. Overall: a nice sipper at 9.5% abv. It is not overly boozy (which is plus), but the alcohol is not entirely hidden either.

Photo of Giardrx
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed this Jan 12 2015 so bottle was very fresh. Nice grapefruit, orange and pineapple aroma, some pine as well. Not too strong or danky more of a well balanced easy drinking double IPA. Would rank higher but doesn't give you that "POW!" like the guy fom stepbrothers says

Photo of mjhall1989
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 is very floral and has a taste of lavender? Very good.

Photo of Harvest06
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pleasant aroma, nice bitterness. Malty and a very hot finish.

Photo of carsonohaleck
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crazy smooth taste. Surprisingly not super hoppy for 9.5% (compares to Dogfish for example).

Photo of jooler
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

really great initial sweet hoppy taste. slight malt after taste. very very delicious

Photo of moundbz
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Heavy on the back of the mouth, long after taste

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Rusty orange-golden with some bubbles streaming up to a quickly dissipating white head. Lacing is left on the glass.

S: Sweet corn and citrus. Hops.

T: Bubblegum, graham cracker, biscuit, and grain. On the fresher side: big hops, orange peel, some banana, and woody pine. Great taste!

M: Medium and buttery with a nice lingering dryness. Coats the mouth a bit.

O: A great brew! I love the hop character in this as well as the malty undertones. If they don't, Deschutes needs to make a six pack of this.

Photo of jellikit
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange. Clear. Thick, foamy, white head. Excellent lacing.

S: sweet bubblegum followed by mango and citrus.

T: sweet malty tastes up front. Grapefruit. Biscuit.

M: medium carbonation. Medium body. More dry than sweet.

O: good IPA. Well balanced. Hops work well with balance between malts and booze.

Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- cloudy gold. Huge head.

Aroma- lemons, grapefruit, and hints of grass and honey.

Taste- starts hoppy and clean, then gets a little heavy and sweet in the middle, finishing on notes of bitter greens and grapefruit rind with a lingering and long dry aftertaste. Purchased at Costco for $3.99. Drink by date 7/15/14. Tasted on 7/15/14.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy golden color with 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. There is a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma really isn't that strong. Most of what I can make out is apple. On tasting, there is a slight malty taste, quickly followed by a hoppy explosion. I can taste a hint of apple at the end. Kind of a bitter, soapy aftertaste. The taste is good, but there is something a little off, and it may be the soapiness at the end. I will say that I drank this a little over a month after the date on the bottle, so my review may have been different if I drank it earlier.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/15/2014. Pours light hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, peach, papaya, apricot, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, papaya, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, light caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy, golden orange, with a thick, fine head. Sheets of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Tropical fruit aromas of mango and papaya, and also some stone fruit aroma of apricot and peach.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Flavor on the tongue is that of sweet, slightly fruity, herbal, green hops and it finishes just the same, with the the character of the hops leaning towards the green and herbal flavors. Malt flavors aren’t really present/noticeable here, as the hop flavors cover them up almost completely, and they mostly add a bit of a sweet backbone to the entire profile. The character of the hops is still quite enjoyable and unique, as it tastes like a raw, fresh hop and isn’t actually as potently bitter or dry as most IPAs.

Final Word: Definitely a beer for hop lovers only, though the character of the hops used is unique enough to warrant at least a taste by any beer drinker, as it’s far from offensive. Though not as well balanced as it should be, it’s a far cry from your kick-in-the-teeth bitter IPAs out there. Try it if you love hops and are looking for something new, but don’t bother if you are still getting used to/learning to appreciate hops.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first review using my new Spiegelau IPA Glass.

This one pours a nice cloudy golden color that has a nice fluffy white head that is long lived and leaves thick structured lacing down the glass.

The nose is nice and rich with sweet malts, grass, pine, rain, citrus, vanilla with a floral bouquet.

The taste is rich as well with a great hop dominance that presents in many different levels. There is a buttery bitterness up front with a sweet spike in the middle that falls to a dry bitter finish with notes of camphor, rosemary, lavender, apples and grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is equally rich and perfectly balanced for this experimental brew.

Overall this is an exceptionally drinkable beer and I highly recommend it.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed golden peach color with a white head. Hoppy aroma of citrus, fruit snack and herb. In the taste, citrus, orange, kiwi and a hit of alcohol. Even bitterness and a solid hop flavor. Very drinkable and smooth but its strong assed shit.
Overall, a very good imperial ipa.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beet pours a warm orange color and very hazy. Great head that is strong and turns into lovely lacing.

Aroma is intense, packed with hops, so.much so it is hard to pick out any notes.

Bitter at the first sip and right to the end. Finish is bright and fruity with a bit of pine right at the end.

Medium body and sticky mouth feel.

Overall am ok IPA, it is too harsh in the finish to really be enjoyable for anyone but am extreme hop head. The hops in the beer are different than what I have had before which is nice.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glad to see reviews say this is still drinking amazing. Snagged a bomber for $7.99 at the RT 8 Giant Eagle.

A - Digging that unfiltered hazy amber no t so much with the clumps of yeast but I will live. Color is a deep amber brown with sadly just a 1/4 inch of head but damn good looking lacing.
S - Mango, papaya, herbal hop pine tree goodness. Kind of faded but it's to be expected this bomber is 5 months old! No noticeable ABV twang in the smell.
T - Hops are still very pungent and fruity yet no so much that you get that ethanol taste. Wish I knew how to describe it further but all I can say is fruity hop, then bitter edge, and sweet finish. No noticeable ABV.
M - Slightly syrup like but to me it drinks amazing. Like sculpin on steroids.

Overall worth the money and a damn tasty it's the best beer I ever had from them and I had about 5. May pick up another if it's still around.

Photo of thecheapies
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy haze scrums up a glow of tangerine amber, with a crown of fluffy white.

More herbal than standard Chinook. Picking up stone fruits (peach, nectarine, pluot), along with the usual grapefruit, hop spiciness, and light pine. There's a hint of tropical fruit, also. Malts are biscuity, but not as dry as they could be. Somewhat husky, as well.

Great flavor. The Experimental Hops are making all the difference. I pick up some spicy pith and pine from the Chinook, but this ale is dominant with bitter unripe peach, raw hop leaf, tropical rinds, hint of melon, and dank citrus. Super awesome intensity. Just bordering on too bitter. An extreme level. Tasty as hell. Malts are lightly toasted and semi-dry, but more importantly, out of the goddamn way.

Good body, substantial in the feel. Carbonation is excitable. Alcohol is just south of DIPA feel. You can still drink this freely.

A great IPA. One that I want again and again.

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a golden, orangish body with rather large amount of head and lace. Aroma is textbook citric hops with touches of spice and caramel/sweet malt. Smooth, a rather flavorful hoppy beer as the hops are not one note. I get not only a strong citric vibe but also some tropical and grapefruit which, along with touches of caramel, give off a little sweetness. Beer is well balanced and also has a bread/cracker like edge just to make sure it isn't too hoppy and aids a rather dry finish.

Hop Henge Experimental IPA from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,345 ratings.